Community bankers are urging lawmakers to boost funding for federal program that offers a government backstop on real estate loans to family farmers.

The program, which provides up to $1.5 billion annually in loan guarantees, has become so popular among rural banks that it is out of funds for the third time in three years. With demand for the guarantees still running high, banking trade groups plan to push Congress in the coming weeks to double the size of the cap, to $3 billion.

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